Niles Paul takes brutal hit on ‘Thursday Night Football’
Washington tight end Niles Paul took a hard high hit over the middle Thursday night against the New York Giants, laying prone on the ground for several minutes before walking off the field under his own power. He is undergoing concussion testing and has been ruled out for the game.
With Washington driving downfield late in the second quarter, quarterback Kirk Cousins threaded a pass deep downfield to Paul, who caught it in stride between two Giants defenders. Those two defenders slammed him from either side, with safety Quintin Demps doing most of the damage via a helmet-to-helmet hit.
Paul’s hands extended stiff in front of him for a few moments after the hit, suggesting he was knocked unconscious.
The ball came lose at the end, but officials ruled Paul controlled the catch to the ground. Demps was flagged for an illegal hit and 15 yards were tacked on.
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